My gift from the rest of the family was a gift certificate from Batiks Plus. I wanted to hurry and use it because they have free shipping until Dec. 31. I chose some fill in colors for my stash and my package arrived yesterday.
One of my friends gave me this 'squirrel proof' bird feeder for my birthday and Christmas combined. Here is the 'rascal' who is proving that he can bend the leaves with his teeth and get into the feeder. I put my boots on and went out and set the spring lighter so the leaves will cover the openings better when weight is put on it. I also bent all of the leaves back into shape.
Shortly after I came inside I noticed this guy on the feeder. He stayed there a long time so I was able to get a couple photos of him.
I even used the super zoom. It is hard to hold the camera steady enough for it. Another bird came to visit too.
I forgot to post this photo last week when we got the 4" of snow. Those are coneflower heads with the snow hats on. In the background is the brush pile that won't get picked up by the city until April. Even a squirrel sneaked into the photo.